The concept of hard root beer isn’t a new one. It was hugely popular in the 18th century and as trends tend to be cyclical, it was just a matter of time before someone tried to bring it back. That someone was Small Town Brewery’s Not Your Father’s Root Beer. With a spiced vanilla taste that perfectly mimics traditional root beer and a 5.9 % alcohol content that’s nearly undetectable, it’s easy to understand it’s quick cult following. Some even speculate, because if it’s popularity, it will generate yet another category in adult beverages much like teas and ciders that have steadily gained ground since their reintroduction to retail. Boston Beer, a pioneer in “malternatives”such as Angry Orchard and Twisted Tea, is gearing up to launch it’s own version of hard root beer.
This stuff is so popular, no one can keep it on the shelves. And now it’s coming to Martinsburg. Who’s ready to test the hype? I know I am.